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Principle Number One: Safety First

This is the first in a series of six columns exploring traditional principles of safety. – Ed.

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MSHA Reports on December Impact Inspections

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he U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that federal inspectors issued 135 citations, 24 orders and one safeguard during special impact inspections conducted at 11 coal mines and two metal and nonmetal mines in December 2013.

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Request for Depositions Denied Where Case Designed for Simplified Proceeding

By Ellen Smith

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eview Commission Judge William Moran denied a construction company’s motion to conduct depositions where a case was designated for a simplified proceeding under Commission Rule 29 CFR §2700.101.

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Meadows Stone Settles Past MSHA Debt Through Garnishment

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced in a press release that the Northern District of West Virginia had collected $116,183 in delinquent civil penalties from a West Virginia quarry.

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Why Do We Have To?

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ne of the MSHA standards that we’ve grown to know and love is captured in the quotation above. It’s a perfect example of MSHA’s institutional neglect in maintaining certain standards with respect to advanced technology – fall arrest harnesses and retractable lanyards.

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